Amari says TPP may be halted if no deal is reached before Canada election in October


Negotiations for a multilateral Pacific Rim free trade agreement may be halted if the 12 participating countries cannot strike a broad deal before a general election in Canada in October, Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari said Friday.

“After election campaigning starts in Canada, it will be difficult” to continue negotiations, Amari said in an interview.

“Looking at the situation from the standpoint of all 12 countries, we don’t know what will be the outcome of the Canadian election,” Amari said, adding the start of U.S. presidential election primaries early next year would also affect momentum for concluding a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

But Japan is not pressed for time due to its domestic political schedule, and Tokyo is not planning to make easy concessions just because there will be a House of Councilors’ election next summer, said Amari, who is the minister in charge of TPP negotiations.

He expressed hope for holding the next ministerial meeting by the end of September, mentioning telephone talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday in which the two leaders agreed to keep on working together for an early resolution of the TPP.

“If we cannot hold a ministerial meeting in August, it is natural to consider September. Who would offer (concessions) when there is no (deadline for negotiations)?” Amari said.

But he added specific schedules for future negotiations have yet to be decided.

“We need to crystallize (the schedules) soon. We have yet to smooth the way” at the working-level, he said.

Trade ministers from the 12 TPP countries — Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam — last met in Hawaii for four days through July 31, but failed to secure an agreement due to differences over thorny issues such as intellectual property and liberalized trade of dairy products.

  • Céline

    Canadian parliament has been dissolved for campaigning since August 2….

  • mick

    TPPA is toxic to free people.
    It is an act of war by Multinational soulless Corporations.
    It must be stopped.

    • Alacm

      You are right Mick. Along with the deal they are negotiating with European countries, the real purpose of the 600 U.S. corporations who wrote the secret deals is to take over the world, in business and all other aspects of human functions.

      In my opinion, the brainless politicians of any country that accepts these deals should be recorded as traitors and put to death in a public place to ensure that others are not prepared to follow the same type of deals. Only 4 of the 29 Chapters in the TPP deal have anything to do with :trade”. Plus there are other “agreements” that are “attached” to the TPP that will remove all the rights of the people of a country to select the laws that they believe should control their own country.

      • Aggie L

        Hopefully more people will become as informed as you! Here are a couple items to watch that tell the truth about TPP, TTIP:
        ▶ TPP – Wikileaks has released another bombshell – YouTube

        WikiLeaks – Trade in Services Agreement

        ▶ Julian Assange on the TPP: Secretive Deal Isn’t About Trade, But Corporate Control – YouTube

        Thank God for Wikileaks!

  • Liars N. Fools

    Amari is saying that Japan won’t budge because there is no deadline. But there is really no pressure for Japan to push for a deadline, he continues, and therefore Japan won’t budge. So if that is the Japan stance, then let us stop the TPP negotiations and just declare the pivot a success.

  • blackdreamhunk

    that is a good thing lol